Global coronavirus claims 1.5m lives, infections top 65m
Global coronavirus claims 1.5m lives, infections top 65m

NEW YORK: The world's coronavirus death toll surpassed the grim 1.5 million milestones and over 10,000 casualties are confirmed every single day, as vaccinations are set to begin this month in many countries.

Over 1.5 million people have lost their lives due to coronavirus reporting one death every nine seconds on a weekly average. The coronavirus vaccinations are set to begin in December in a handful of developed nations. In the last two months, half a million deaths occurred, indicating the severity of the pandemic is far from over. Global coronavirus infections passed 65 million and the worst affected country, United States, is currently battling the third wave of coronavirus infections on Friday. Across the world many countries are now fighting second and third waves even greater than the first, forcing new restrictions on everyday life. According to the WHO, the death-causing disease, coronavirus has taken lives more than tuberculosis in 2019 and nearly four times the number of deaths due to malaria. The number of new deaths over the same period was 2,907, one of the worst U.S. daily tolls according to figures recorded by Agence France-Presse.

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden said that on his first day in office he would ask Americans to wear masks for 100 days to help reduce transmission of the virus. As the latest positive news about a vaccine was announced, with the Moderna candidate showing it confers immunity for at least three months. The infected numbers remain at a high level in Europe whereas Berlin still has a ways to go before it gets its second wave of coronavirus infections under control. Italy registered 993 deaths, topping its previous record of 969 earlier in the year when it was the first European country to be affected by the pandemic. Elsewhere in the world, South Korea last month reintroduced restrictions in the capital region of Seoul and parts of the northeastern province of Gangwon due to a rise in infections.

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